Richmond rolled to an easy win behind Carter William’s home run, and Eugene wasted a great start by Carson Ragsdale.  Plus, some big promotions up the system!

AAA: Postponed

Sacramento Notes:

  • Wednesday’s game was originally scheduled as an 11:00 am start, but had been pushed back until the evening in anticipation of rain.  Well, the rain went all day, so we’ll get a Thursday doubleheader.
  • However, a roster move, as Patrick Bailey moves up to Triple-A (and Rob Emery moves up from Eugene to Richmond).  Bailey has a batting line of .333/.400/.481 with six walks to 13 strikeouts, but also continues to struggle against left-handers, going 2-for-12 (.167) with four walks to five strikeouts in 12 at-bats.  These moves are at least partially about all the catching injuries that have happened, and Gary Sanchez’s struggles in Sacramento.

AA: Richmond 9, Bowie 3


Richmond Notes:

  • Richmond won this game going away.  The Squirrels jumped out to the lead with a 3-run 2nd inning, on the power of Hayden Cantrelle’s RBI double and Carter Williams’ 2-run home run.  It was a 5-3 Richmond lead after six innings, but then 
  • Shortstop Tyler Fitzgerald went 3-for-4 with a walk and his fourth double.  Fitzgerald has had two strong days, going 5-for-8 with two doubles and a triple, and now has a batting line of .333/.424/.561.
  • Catcher Andy Thomas also had a 3-hit game, going 3-for-5 with his third double of the season.  The 3-hit game raised his batting average from .135 to .190 after his 14th game of the season.  He does have 14 walks to 17 strikeouts.
  • Third baseman Hayden Cantrelle went 2-for-4 with his fourth double of the season.  After 13 games, Cantrelle has a batting line of .289/.373/.378.
  • Right fielder Carter Williams had the game’s big hit, going 1-for-4 with his first Double-A home run and a walk.  It’s Williams’ second home run overall, after having played just three games at both High-A Eugene and Double-A Richmond, combining for a .304/.360/.609 batting line.
  • Luis Matos was 0-for-4 with a walk, but that kept a 16-game on-base streak going, as he has gotten on base in every game this season.  He’s been hitless in 7 of those 15 games, leading to a .259 batting average but a .386 OBP, with 12 walks to six strikeouts.
  • Starting pitcher Nick Zwack gave up just one run in 3.0 innings, with four hits, one walk, and a HBP, while striking out four.  After four games, Zwack has struck out 18 to six walks in 13.1 innings, with a 3.38 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP.
  • Reliever Evan Gates had a strong game in relief, going 2.1 innings without allowing any hits, walking two but striking out none.  Gates still has a 2.16 ERA after 8.1 innings, with 10 strikeouts to six walks in 8.1 innings.

High-A: Vancouver 9, Eugene 2


Eugene Notes:

  • The Emeralds wasted a great start by Carson Ragsdale, who only gave up one run while striking out seven in 4.0 innings, but the offense ended up struggling, and the Eugene bullpen let eight runs score to lead to a 9-2 loss.
  • So starter Carson Ragsdale was the highlight, giving up just one run on two hits, a HBP, and no walks in 4.0 innings, with one hit being a home run, while he struck out seven.  Ragsdale now has 26 strikeouts to just three walks in 16.2 innings, and he has a 2.70 ERA after four starts.  Ragsdale hasn’t given up a walk in his last three starts.
  • Third baseman Luis Toribio had the only run-scoring hit by hitting a 2-run home run, going 1-for-3 with a walk.  Toribio has a batting line of .295/.407/.568 with three doubles and three home runs after 13 games.
  • Catcher Adrian Sugastey went 2-for-4 with two singles.  Sugastey has a batting line of .265/.288/.327 after 12 games, with just one home run.
  • Soon to be arriving in Eugene, another Carson: Carson Whisenhunt!  He’s looked dominant at times in San Jose early, and got the quick callup.

Low-A: Fresno 3, San Jose 1


San Jose Notes:

  • It was a rough game for San Jose, who outhit Fresno 6 to 4, but a 2-run home run in the 8th inning broke a 1-1 tie and gave the Grizzlies the win.  It set aside a strong seven innings by Hayden Birdsong and Jack Choate to start the game.
  • Starter Hayden Birdsong went 3.0 innings, striking out six and giving up a run on two hits and a walk.  Birdsong has a 3.09 ERA after four starts, with 22 strikeouts to seven walks in 11.2 IP.
  • In relief, Jack Choate got the lion’s share of the innings, striking out nine while allowing a hit and two walks in 4.0 innings.  That gives the 9th round pick a 1.35 ERA over four games, with 25 strikeouts to five walks in 13.1 innings.
  • Shortstop Jose Ramos led the box score on the offensive side, going 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles.  Through 16 games, Ramos has eight doubles and a triple, for a batting line of .300/.394/.467.
  • Andrew Kachel was at first base, and 1-for-3 with a walk.  Kachel has nine walks to 19 strikeouts in 13 games, giving him a batting line of .288/.393/.404.